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Books for Mothers Day

lost in suburbia

Lost in suburbia : how I got pregnant, lost myself, and got my cool back in the New Jersey suburbs by Tracy Beckerman. 2013

Have you ever gone to pick up your kid after school, only to be pulled over by a cop, who tells you you’re still in your bathrobe? Beckerman has. Does she really get her cool back? Is it even worth it? Read the book and find out.



things I should have told my daughterThings I should have told my daughter : lies, lessons & love affairs by Pearl Cleage. 2014.

Poet, essayist and prize-winning playwright Cleage takes the reader back to how she lived in the 1970s and 80s, chronicling her life as a college student, civil rights activist, speechwriter for the first African American mayor of Atlanta, writer and mother.



glitter and glue

Glitter and glue : a memoir by Kelly Corrigan. 2014.

In 1992, college graduate Corrigan left for a round-the-world-trip. Running out of money in Australia, she took on a job as a nanny to a new widower’s two young children. In the course of caring for her grieving charges, Corrigan comes to appreciate her mother’s (the “glue” of the title) bromides.



if it's not one thingIf it’s not one thing, it’s your mother by Julia Sweeney. 2013.

Saturday Night Live alum Sweeney parlayed into theatrical monologues her experience of cervical cancer (“God said HA!”) and the adoption of her daughter in China (“In the family way”). This book is a collection of essays covering her entire life span, leading up to her life now,  happily married, living in Chicago, and with her daughter thriving.


Ina Rimpau

Posted by Barbara | 7 May 2015 | Comments Off on Books for Mothers Day

Ruth Rendell


 Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE (17 February 1930 – 2 May 2015) was an English author of over sixty thrillers and psychological murder mysteries.

Rendell’s best-known creation, Chief Inspector Wexford – whose character she said she had based on herself – was the hero of many popular police stories, some of them successfully adapted for TV. Rendell also generated a separate brand of crime fiction that explored deeply into the psychological background of criminals and their victims, many of them mentally afflicted or otherwise socially isolated. This theme was developed further in a third series of novels, written under her pseudonym Barbara Vine.

She sat in the House of Lords for the Labour Party, where she introduced the bill that would later become the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003.

Ina Rimpau

Posted by Barbara | 5 May 2015 | Comments Off on Ruth Rendell

Summer Plans

Spring is in the air….can summer be far behind?  Plan your next vacation with the help of some of our travel books.

With the Euro at a multi-year low, now is a good time to head to Europe.  Two recent titles will fill the reader in on Berlin’s turbulent history:

berlin now

Berlin Now: The city after the wall by Peter Schneider, translated from the German,

and Berlin: Portrait of the city through the centuries, by Rory Maclean.



French ghostsFrench ghosts, Russian nights & American outlaws: Souvenirs of a professional vagabond by NYT columnist Susan Spano covers, as the title suggests, some European countries in addition to the US, Vietnam, China and Mexico.



volunteer vacationsTravelers wishing to contribute to Latin America’s developing countries can research their options in Volunteer vacations in Latin America by Amy E. Robertson. The index lists 13 Spanish-speaking countries which in turn list organizations by name. Work in wildlife conservation, with children, and teaching English are most popular.


By Ina Rimpau

Posted by Barbara | 6 Apr 2015 | Comments Off on Summer Plans

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